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You tell 'em Sol!

Sol Campbell has told the mirror what we have all been thinking, even saying, for donkies years - those that play for the 'big' clubs are more likely to play for England than those that are not, even if they deserve to and this has to change: 'some people think someone is playing well because they are in a big team or that players should be picked for their country just because they are at a high-profile club.

'That's rubbish. A lot of players can hide in big teams. If you're playing for a major club it doesn't mean you're playing well. That's what people have to realise.

'There are people in top teams around the world who aren't playing good football.

'You've got to look at the player not the club. You can have 10 bad games a season in a big team and get away with it'.

Tell 'em Campbell, we all know this is true, it is just good to hear a top professional come out and say this.

Chances are this will not make a blind bit of notice, but it would be good if Spineless Steve, or whoever takes over from him - assuming he does go - adopts a policy of selecting players on form and not past reputations or who they play for.

Maybe some players basically have to be a part of the squad even if their current form is not as good as it could be, but hunger can also play a major part in things, so - not that I am saying the 'regulars' do not have the desire to play for England - if those on the outside looking in, or at 'smaller' clubs were given the chance, or another chance that they deserve things could be so much better.

Picking players due to the club they play for is just ridiculous, we could all name several players that are being picked because of this, or because they recently did - mentioning no names such as Wes Brown, Alan Smith and my personally favourite from 'previous club fame' Stewart Downing of course...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 3 2007

Time: 12:05PM

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Good shout Solid and I'm sure you won't get many who disagree here .... For a long time players from the big 4 or 5 have taken places of other players from 'lowly' teams just because of who they are or who they play for - It shows very poor management .. the thinking being 'well if Fergie or Arsene or Jose play them they must be good' It's total rubbish.. on the flip side however Nugent did play (and score) for England while at Preston .... So it's not always the case ... but more often that not.... Matty Taylor for England anybody ?
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03/11/2007 12:14:00

Come to think of it ....Matty Taylor for Pompey anybody...
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03/11/2007 12:15:00

Sol's bang on the money!!! totally agree with every word...u need to be playing for a top team, or playing for the ex-team of the England manager...just ask Downing & woodgate!!! :)
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03/11/2007 12:38:00

Chix not sure about Matty but Definitely Glen Johnson and Shaun Davis.
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03/11/2007 18:44:00

Hey lads, veering off subject, how's jonno doing now you've signed him permanently?
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03/11/2007 20:39:00

Doing fine merlin, doing fine.
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04/11/2007 08:38:00

sol is spot on isnt he, hopefully his words will be listened too... johnson and davis really have a chance of getting in the england squad dont they, as they have been fantastic - if we keep up with the big boys we will be okay wont we :-) i was furious that matty taylor didnt start yesterday, but again 'arry was right wasnt he - as much as i want to keep him i really do feel the writing is on the wall now...
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04/11/2007 08:40:00

yep, johnson is doing very well - alot of us doubted his signing, but he has been fantastic since returning and is on the verge of returning to the england fould...
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04/11/2007 08:41:00

he had a soid game yesterday, one issue is that every time the ball is going out for a throw in, he always trys to kick the ball off the attacker and sometimes it goes back into play and to the oppostion aswell.
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04/11/2007 09:18:00

The whole back 4 yesterday plus Hermann is doing us proud, i cant get over how good Distin is, he really is a class act and dominated the game yesterday. France must be blessed with outstanding defenders if he cant get in the squad. Sol puts in top performances every week and seems to inspire everybody around him.
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04/11/2007 10:58:00

Sol Campbell is exactly right. You don't seem to stand much chance unless you are at the big four. Its about time players were picked on ability.
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04/11/2007 12:19:00

Spot on Sol.
will it ever happen
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04/11/2007 12:22:00

it takes a brave man to step up and say this sort of thing, particularly considering he has only just got back in - but it needed saying didnt it... Owenspompey, distin has been fantastic hasnt he, i was alittle disappointed tbh when he signed in a way as i think optimus is so good it was unfair on him, but he has been a different class, world class even. how the hell he isnt in the french squad at least i dont know - they obviously dont know of pompey in france yet :-)
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04/11/2007 15:16:00

well they are french!! : )
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04/11/2007 16:17:00

i got a very nice email from vitalfantasyfootball, partley telling me how rubish a manager i had been last month, having sold my best players, and replaced with rubish ones, but also telling me that in october: David james (and petr czech) were the best goalkeepers. Glen johnson was the best deffender, followed by herman hreiderson...and thats where the pompey stuff ended. but those are pretty impressive stats!
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04/11/2007 20:17:00

and back on topic: middlesbrough are a big tema arnt they? isnt that why yak went to play there, and why woodgate did, and why steve Maclaren kees picking there playors? i reckon I would make a better manager - despite vitalfantasy football telling me how bad at managing i am!
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04/11/2007 20:19:00

pompeycarpet, i totally agree, I think anyone could be a better than Steve Mclaren. it just shows that the FA stands for French Association. As, our past manger Alan Perrin, who i didnt like, and who was perhaps as bad as spineless steve, is now working for the biggest club in france, how he managed it, god knows.
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04/11/2007 20:43:00

Fair play to Sol, I totally agree. Some jokers seem to get picked just because of who they are, not for how well they play (think Lampard at the World Cup)......
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04/11/2007 21:10:00

well if players are picked for being at clubs at the top of the league then when the next squad is announced we should have at least 4 players shouldnt we :-)
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04/11/2007 21:40:00

Good shout Rug - How about an english back four of Johnno, Solid, Optimus (pushing it a little) and Matty ... with jamo in goal of course ... now wouldn't that be something to see .... I'm back off to dream world now ...
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05/11/2007 00:23:00


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